Author: Nathan Doverspike
With all the protests, debates, angry social media posts, and just general unease, I figured now would be a good time to make a list of games that I feel help me deal with the real world (when it becomes too real). These games are adorable, fun, and generally a blast to play through. So, without further ado, let’s dig in! UPDATED for 2018!
Super Mario Odyssey
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
Released: Oct. 2017
This game was such a delight to play through! Every world brought a new child-like wonder, as well as dozens and sometimes hundreds of more collectibles to discover. From a samurai castle, a world made of food, and a massive forest are just some of the areas you will explore as the world’s most famous plumber. The music is equally as pleasant as the ascetics, and adding coop doesn’t hurt either, even if it isn’t as robust as it could be.
de Blob 2
Platforms: Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, DS
Released: Feb. 2011
While the first title, de Blob, was released exclusively for the Wii, the sequel graced the current generation of consoles in 2011. The game follows a colorless blob as he brings color back to the world and defeats the evil INKT Corporation. The art style is awesome, but the catchy music is just as good and will have you bobbing your head in no time at all. With giant levels, the ability to mix colors, fun power-ups, and overall beautiful aesthetics, this game will get you into a joyful mood and groove instantly.
Yoshi’s Woolly World
Platforms: Wii U
Released: Oct. 2015
This game is wonderful! Being able to play the whole game cooperatively on one tv is something few games feature anymore, and something on which Yoshi’s Woolly World thrives. Everything in the game, from the enemies to Yoshi itself, is made of gorgeous yarn art. I cannot stress enough how beautiful every character, background, enemy, and boss are in this masterpiece! Numerous power-ups that change how you play the game (like being unable to die from falling into pits or magnetically attracting items to your character throughout a level) make completing the game enjoyable for kids and adults alike. While some of the later levels do become challenging, the overall experience of finding all the secret areas and unlocking dozens of different Yoshi yarn characters is something I hope everyone with a Wii U is able to experience! (Note: the game is releasing in Feb. 2017 on 3DS as Poochi & Yoshi’s Woolly World with all the content of the previous game and new levels focused on the yarn dog Poochi).
Kirby’s Epic Yarn
Platforms : Wii, Wii U on eShop
Released: Oct. 2010
Noticing a pattern here? The Wii and Wii U have some amazing first party titles, and Kirby’s Epic Yarn is another great example of beautiful aesthetics combined with simple yet satisfying gameplay to warm any gamer’s heart. Similar to Yoshi’s Woolly World, Kirby has been transformed into yarn and needs to save the day! Instead of sucking up enemies, Kirby now uses a whip (like in Kirby’s Dream Land) to defeat his foes. It’s cute (oh my goodness is it!), has precise controls, and is fully cooperative throughout the charming adventure. Did I mention it’s adorable, ‘cause it rivals Yoshi’s Woolly World as one of the most stunningly beautiful games I have ever played.
Little Big Planet 2
Platforms: Playstation 3
Released Jan. 2011
Ok, so I don’t know what it is about yarn characters, but I think I have an unhealthy obsession with them in video games. Released in 2011, Little Big Planet 2 is a creative platformer that expanded on everything offered in the original, while giving players new ways to play. You are able to create levels (not just platforming levels) that are so cool that you have to check them out! I won’t spoil some of surprises in store, but let’s just say you can face off versus zombies and also go back to the future! Also fully cooperative on a single system, this game allows you to play community levels from creators around the world, as well as create your own masterpieces. Even if you aren’t into creating levels, a lengthy campaign with cute dialogue and interesting level design will hold your interest for quite some time.
Now it’s time for you to tell me, have you played any of these titles? Are there ones that you feel I missed? Comment and email us to let us know!